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Angie Wieck, Published August 09 2012

Frontier Airlines to add nonstop Fargo-to-Denver flights Nov. 16

FARGO – Just in time for the holiday season, Frontier Airlines has announced that, starting Nov. 16, it will resume nonstop service between Fargo’s Hector International Airport and Denver.

Frontier’s arrival should mean a greater availability of flights, and travelers will also likely benefit from lower fares, said Shawn Dobberstein, Hector’s executive director.

Dobberstein said Frontier has a reputation as a low-fare carrier and historically its arrival has driven down the fares of competitors.

United Express is the only other airline with direct flights to Denver from Hector, but Delta, American Eagle and Allegiant Air offer connecting flights.

Frontier flights from Fargo will depart at 10 a.m. and arrive in Denver at 10:55 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Return flights will depart at 7:10 p.m. and arrive in Fargo at 9:55 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Craig Whitney, president and CEO of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce says the addition of Frontier Airlines is good news for everyone.

“From a business standpoint, it provides some great additional opportunities because they have such a large hub there,” Whitney said. “It will allow people to have another option to connect out of Denver to fly to other parts of the country, or the world for that matter.”

He also offered up high praise for the Airport Authority and Dobberstein for bringing Frontier back to Fargo.

Forum archives show that different incarnations of Frontier have served Fargo on and off since 1975.

Most recently, Frontier offered twice-daily flights from Fargo to Denver aboard the 74-seat Q400

turboprop aircraft from 2008 until 2010, when Frontier’s parent company, Republic Airways Holdings Inc., phased out the Q400. At the time, the company had no alternative aircraft in its fleet to serve regional airports such as Fargo.

Dobberstein said he maintained a dialogue with Frontier since it left and always knew the airline was interested in coming back.

“We were a great partner with them back in 2010, and we’ll be a great partner with them today and into the future,” he said.

The new service will feature 138-seat Airbus 319 airplanes, which are considered mainline aircrafts that will reduce the flight time and offer more customer amenities such as DirecTV service in every seatback and five rows of stretch seating with 5 to 7 inches of additional legroom.

To celebrate the new service, Frontier is offering fares as low as $99 each way through Saturday at www.FrontierAirlines.com.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Angie Wieck at (701) 241-5501

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